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Below are the M3AAWG published materials related to our messaging anti-abuse work. There is also a Messaging video playlist on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/maawg and there are a few selected videos on our website in the Training Videos and Keynotes Videos sections under the Meetings menu tab.

Best Practices

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August 12, 2016

M3AAWG Best Current Practices For Building and Operating a Spamtrap, Ver. 1.2.0

Updated in August 2016 as Version 1.2.0, this document is for spamtrap operators who generally use data generated from spamtraps for purposes such as research, evidence collection, infected machine mitigation or mail list leakage and list quality control.

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July 14, 2016

Using Generic Top Level Domain Registration Information (WHOIS Data) in Anti-Abuse Operations

WHOIS information plays a key role in determining where to report instances of abuse involving domain names. This paper explains some of the important WHOIS elements used to fight spam, phishing, malware distribution and other threats.

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June 15, 2016

M3AAWG Introduction to Traffic Analysis

M3AAWG outlines the key characteristics of traffic analysis attacks, discusses potential ways to avoid them, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of deploying preventative measures.

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February 07, 2016

M3AAWG Best Practices for Unicode Abuse Prevention

With the advent of International Domain Names, Internationalized Top-Level Domains and Email Address Internationalization there will be an increase in the legitimate usage of Unicode characters and an increase in the potential for its abuse as well. This document provides best practices to curtail the potential Unicode abuse.

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February 07, 2016

M3AAWG Unicode Abuse Overview and Tutorial

Provides background on the use of Unicode characters in the abuse context with a tutorial on the options to curtail that abuse.

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Public Policy Comments

August 12, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN EWG Initial Report

Submitted to ICANN in August 2013 in response to ICANN's Expert Working Group report.

July 31, 2013

M3AAWG Response to CWG-Internet Request for Online Consultation-Combatting Spam

Submitted to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet–Related Public Policy Issues (CWG–Internet) in July 2013
In response to a request for comments on effectively countering and combatting spam.

July 01, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on Thick Whois Initial Report

Submitted to ICANN in July 2013
Comments on this report can also be viewed on the ICANN site at http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-thick-whois-initial-21jun13/

August 14, 2012

Comments on Abuse Contact Management in the RIPE Database

Submitted to RIPE in August 2012
Response to RIPE’s proposal to introduce a new contact attribute named "abuse-c

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M3AAWG Reports

DM3Z Blog

Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group

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News

Articles About M3AAWG

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November 13, 2017

Hackers Shut Down ProPublica’s Email For a Day. Here’s How to Stop Attacks Like That.

ProPublica's Julia Angwin augments her earlier "list bomb" article with information on what can be done to prevent these attacks. 

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November 09, 2017

How Journalists Fought Back Against Crippling Email Bombs

ProPublica journalist Julia Angwin describes how she and colleages were "list bombed" and talks about the growing problem, including a preventive strategy developed by M3AAWG.
 

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